Residents living next to a plot of land in Horncastle, which could have up to 106 homes built on it, feel the plans are being slipped under the radar.
Waterloo Housing has submitted a planning application for homes to be built on land behind Churchill Avenue and N’Dola Drive.
The housing company has applied for planning permission for 106 dwellings - 34 pairs of semi-detached houses, nine detached houses, 10 semi-detached bungalows, a block of three bungalows and four blocks of four flats - on the 4.9 hectare site.
To create access to the site a block of flats in N’Dola Drive will be demolished.
One resident told the News: “There has been very little publicity about this after the initial display at Horncastle Town Council.
“Why hasn’t there been a public consultation like there was for Langton Hill?
“This will affect a lot of us.”
Gladman Developers held a public consultation earlier this year to display their plans for a separate 350-home development on Langton Hill.
Mrs Ross is also concerned about what she feels are confusing statements submitted with the planning application.
“It says that there are signs indicating that the owl box on the site has been used; including pellets, eggshells and down feathers.
“Yet in Section 4.4.2 it says that the barn owl box showed ‘no obvious signs of being used’.”
Stephen Lister, another resident close to the site, said: “I don’t understand how land that was described in the previous 10-year plan as being ‘not suitable for building’ has suddenly become a ‘suitable’ site to build on.
“It’s one of the lowest parts in the town and we all know that Horncastle is susceptible to flooding.
“The land just isn’t suitable to be built on.
“As far as I’m aware the land hasn’t been farmed on by the owners for at least 20 years because it’s always damp.”
“The allocation of 1,500 homes for the town is such a large amount.”
Anthony Riley, Group Director of Development & Operations at Waterloo Housing Group, said: “All the new homes will be offered to local people based on local connection rules agreed with the council.
“We held an open day about the proposed development on August 22 and are talking to residents living in the existing flats about the proposals.”